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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. —
UPDATE: All lanes are now open on Highway 97 as fire crews continue to work on the Link Trail Fire, according to ODOT.
KCFD1 says that the fire has now reached 10 percent containment, and forward growth has stopped. They have reduced initial estimates of the fire's size to 10 acres.
Air support resources have been released while ground units work on containment and mop-up. The fire's cause is still under investigation.
"Swift efforts on all involved helped stop forward fire growth," said KCFD1.
(Updated as of 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10)
UPDATE: The Link Trail Fire covers 25 acres and is 0 percent contained, according to a statement from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership (SCOFMP).
Fire officials are using a "full suppression strategy" to contain the fire, which threatens both structures and community safety. SCOFMP reports that there are no injuries or damage to structures reported so far.
Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and watch for traffic from increased fire personnel and smoke in the area.
SCOFMP says that eight fire engines, one heavy air tanker, one single air tanker, two helicopters, two support aircraft and a bulldozer are employed in firefighting efforts so far.
"Every fire can appear different visually depending on the forest type, fuel load and how long fire has been absent from the area," the SCOFMP statement reads. "This includes wildfires and prescribed fires. Community safety and that of our firefighters is the number one priority for all SCOFMP employees."
(Updated as of 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10)
UPDATE: Highway 97 northbound lanes are back open, with authorities escorting vehicles in alternating directions.
(Updated as of 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10)
UPDATE: A statement from Klamath County Fire District No. 1 (KCFD1) indicates that the Link River Brush Fire already covers about 30 acres and coninues to grow.
Helicopters and air tankers are already being brought in to help flatten the fire, while multiple, local, state and federal agencies are assisting.
There are currently no evacuations in place, but local law enforcement will make the announcement if there are any. KCFD1 requests that the public avoid the area so that fire crews can enter the area and provide support.
KCFD1 indicated that the fire started on the east side of the Link River, just south of the Link River dam.
(Updated as of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10)
INITIAL REPORT: Highway 97 is closed near the north end of Klamath Falls (milepost 274) due to a grass fire.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that a detour is available, and travelers should use alternate routes to avoid the area.
A witness on the scene reports that the fire began amongst brush on the Link River trail before it spread toward the highway. It started around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.
This is a developing story, and we will update the articles as more details emerge.